Beginners Guide to Outboard Motors Part 2

One oft-forgotten topic in many people’s minds is where to get a good motor. Luckily there are several options available, and they can fit almost any budget. You don’t have to head down to the shop and buy a shiny, brand-spanking-new motor to enjoy boating. In fact, some of the best deals you’ll find aren’t going to be in retail outlets or from dealers of any kind. Used outboard motors offer tremendous value by giving you premium quality at a fraction of the price.

But where do you find used motors? That’s easy, you can check online or in your local newspaper classified to see who’s selling a great motor on the heap. Craigslist is another great resource for finding, selling or buying just about anything you can think of. You can also ask around, or even check with some mechanics or dealers who may know where you can save a bundle on a good motor. Visiting a local swap meet may also be a helpful way to get the deal of a lifetime on your outboard motor. Granted, this won’t be as quick and convenient as buying a brand new motor but you have the opportunity to get a great motor at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

If you choose a Yamaha then get the most from your motor with Yamalube 2M oil.

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How to Choose Your Outboard Motor Oil: Other Factors

In addition to viscosity, flash point and pour point, there are a few other specifications that will help you decide whether Evinrude XD100, Yamalube or some other oil is right for you. When oil reacts with sulfuric acid and burned, there is always some amount of solid residue.  The amount of this solid material that is leftover is referred to as the percentage of sulfated ash.

In oils, zinc is used to prevent damage that would be incurred when two metal parts come in contact with one another. The amount of zinc that is used is reported as the percentage of zinc, which is typically about 0.1%. While these specs will give you a good idea of how the oil will perform, you should also consider the base stock and additives that the manufacturer uses in production.

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